Me: There’s some sort of chinwag going on upstairs on my bed.
Nell: What are you talking about?
Me: Dave, Harriet and Poppy are having a Deep and Meaningful Chat.
Nell: I doubt it. Chats are light discussions. They’re never Deep or Meaningful. They’re probably discussing the picnic.
Me: What picnic? This isn’t picnic weather.
Nell: The one for our journey to Windsor Castle tomorrow.
Me: You’re having a full afternoon tea.
Nell: We’re being collected at 11am and we won’t arrive until gone 3pm so we’ll definitely need lunch.
Me: You could stop off somewhere for lunch I suppose.
Nell: And risk being late? No. A picnic is a much better idea. A few quiches, some soup in a flask and a lemon tart for dessert with a little clotted cream should do the trick.
Me: Are you sure you want to be eating soup and clotted cream in The Queen’s car?
Nell: Good point. We don’t want David getting it on his tie.
Me: I didn’t know Dave was wearing a tie.
Nell: Of course he is. You can’t have tea with The Queen without wearing a tie.
Me: Are you wearing a tie then?
Nell: Certainly not. Harriet and I are wearing our pearls.
Me: Yes. Silly me. Has Poppy finished decorating the cake?
Nell: She has but we’re not allowed to see it. She says she wants it to be a surprise.
Me: That sounds worrying. Are Henry and Horst wearing ties?
Me: Won’t they get in their way? I mean they are very low on the ground if you know what I mean.
Nell: Firstly, Henry and Horst won’t be on the ground. They will be on David’s top hat. And secondly they are wearing bow ties. Do keep up.
Me: Yes. Sorry.